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Equality and Diversity Toolkit

Mark Lomas, The Law Society's Risk and Compliance Service
Availability: Published

Solicitors have duties as service providers and employers when considering any policy or actions a legal business may take in respect of equality and diversity issues.

To help ensure that your firm complies with the obligations set out in the Equality Act and the SRA Handbook, this toolkit contains a mixture of draft policies, procedural checklists and other useful instruments to assist your firm when:

  • carrying out an audit of your existing employment policies
  • identifying areas where there may be risk of non-compliance with the SRA Handbook and the statutory requirements
  • planning a strategy for the implementation of the new Act compliant policies where any problems have been identified
  • implementing anti-discrimination policies and practices
  • auditing policies and procedures
  • monitoring employees to check if the measures that have been put into place are implemented effectively.

Use this Toolkit when working towards a commitment to diversity and inclusion your firm.


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Overview of the regulatory requirements
  3. 3. Meeting the outcomes
  4. 4. Equality & Diversity Monitoring
  5. 5. Flexible Working
  6. 6. Procurement
  7. 7. Equality Impact Assessments
  8. 8. Law Society Resources
  9. 9. Further Resources and Web Links.

About the Author

Mark Lomas is the managing director of Muchwork Ltd, a diversity management consultancy firm, delivery services to a range of clients in the public, private and third sectors. He was previously the E&D manager at the Law Society and won the 2012 ENEI Award for Inclusive Procurement Initiatives.




Regulation and compliance




Law Society




Paperback + CD
104 Pages